Written by Dr. Julian De Silva
Non-surgical facelift techniques are associated with less invasive procedures that are faster and have less recovery. Non-Surgical facelift techniques are best suited for patients that have only early signs of facial ageing with loss of facial volume and minimal skin laxity.
What is a non-surgical facelift?
A large number of different techniques have been labelled as the ultimate non-surgical facelift in the media. The techniques that Dr. De Silva utilises are based on correcting the three principal causes of facial ageing and restoring tissues to their previous location. The three principle characteristics of facial ageing are loss of facial volume, gravitational descent of soft tissues of the face and changes in the quality and laxity of the skin. Each individual has different components of these three factors, which must be specifically addressed with a non-surgical facelift to give a natural looking and effective result.
Dr. De Silva utilises his understanding of the underlying anatomy of the face to treat patients utilising the boney architecture of the cheek and jaw bones to build up and restore the face to its appearance before facial ageing. Dr. De Silva tailors the use of a range of non-surgical treatments to give the final result, this includes the use of volume enhancement with the use of fillers (Restylane, Juvaderm, Sculptra, Radiesse, Silicone), skin treatments (Wrinkle injection, facial peels & lasers, Cosmeceuticals). Other names for these non-surgical facelift treatments include the ‘Y’ lift, “lunchtime lift’ or ‘rapid recovery lift’.
Other technologies have been heavily marketed include Thermage (radio-frequency) and Ulthera (ultrasound), these work on inducing skin tightening. These techniques have limited duration of effects and are similar in effect to skin resurfacing by laser or mechanical devices.
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